Politics George Floyd's brother set to testify in House hearing on police brutality
Death of George Floyd: heart "broken", Céline Dion launches an appeal
Heart "broken" by the death of George Floyd, which provoked protests across the United States, Céline Dion denounces racism and violence . © Kendrick / ABACA From Minneapolis to Washington, via Los Angeles and Austin, Americans take to the streets across the United States to demand with one voice the end of police violence and racism.
The House Judiciary Committee is expected to hear testimony on Wednesday from Philonise Floyd, George Floyd's , in the first House hearing on , two congressional sources involved in planning for the hearing told ABC News.
It's not clear if Floyd will testify on Capitol Hill in-person or virtually, given the House's new procedures for hearings during thepandemic. An aide said the panel's hearing will feature a combination of virtual and in-person participation, and will be held in a larger space in the Capitol to allow for social distancing.
Pelosi joins protests against George Floyd's death outside Capitol
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Wednesday joined a crowd of demonstrators outside the Capitol protesting police brutality toward black Americans following the death of George Floyd, an unarmed Minneapolis man who died in police custody.Pelosi wore a mask and was accompanied by her usual entourage of staff and members of her security detail while walking through the crowd, which a spokesman confirmed was on the Capitol's east front.SpeakerPelosi wore a mask and was accompanied by her usual entourage of staff and members of her security detail while walking through the crowd, which a spokesman confirmed was on the Capitol's east front.
Floyd's brothers have taken onsince their brother's death. Both Philonise and Terrence Floyd spoke earlier this week at a New York City memorial service for their brother, and visited the site in Minneapolis where former police officer Derek Chauvin for nearly nine minutes.
"In every case of police brutality, the same thing has been happening. Y'all protest, y'all destroy stuff," Terrence said to protesters in Minneapolis this week. "Let's do this another way."
Philonise, speaking in New York, remembered his brother as someone everyone wanted to be around.
"They felt like they was the president. That's how he made you feel," Philonise Floyd said. "It's amazing to me that he touched so many people's hearts 'cause he's been touching our hearts."
Atlanta mayor 'simply disgusted' by Trump using George Floyd's name
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms (D) said Sunday she was "simply disgusted" by President Trump invoking George Floyd's name Friday as he declared it a "great day for equality" while announcing a report that showed unemployment rates falling. "I think if the president is going to say anything it may have been more appropriate to talk about his family, and perhaps him looking down on his children, and perhaps him being proud of the movement that's happening in this country," Bottoms said Sunday on CNN.
Philonise, who will testify before House lawmakers on Wednesday, spoke to both President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden last week.
Biden "talked to me for like 10 ... 15 minutes. And I was trying to talk his ear off because he was talking to me constantly. Great conversation. But Trump, it lasted probably two minutes," he told CNN in an interview.
The House will hold its first hearing on police brutality on Wednesday, after House and Senate Democrats introduce a package of policing reforms on Monday.
"There are now protests taking place in every state as people take a stand against police brutality and racism," House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler said in a statement announcing the hearing. "People are rightfully upset, they are frustrated, and they want to be heard. They want real change, not meaningless words. I want Americans to know that I hear them, and I see them."
The committee said the hearing will "examine the crisis of racial profiling, police brutality and lost trust between police departments and the communities they serve."
House Democrats are hoping to pass legislation at the end of the month, when the chamber returns for its next scheduled votes.
Cop involved in Floyd's death released from jail on bail .
Thomas Lane, one of the four Minneapolis police officers involved in the death of George Floyd, has been released from prison on bail.Lane, 37, who had been held on $750,000 conditional bail, was freed from the Hennepin County jail at 5:08 p.m. Wednesday, according to jail records.